Fashion Over Reason

Monday, May 25, 2015

Now Trending: Classics

Fashion Over Reason in NYC, Flatiron Building, Ray-Ban round Lennon sunglasses, MAC Lady Danger

Such is life: fashion goes through cycles and recycles itself, decade after decade, time after time. So while I might feel super modern in my suede fringe skirt, my bold red lips, my round sunglasses and my leather bucket bag, let's just say that I could also transcend the years. In fact, my mom often comments on my photos something along the lines of "That could've been taken in the 60s!" - which always makes me smile because what's cooler than authentically throwing it back?!

My point is, the classics are classics for a reason, but they're constantly reinvented and therefore constantly trending. The true focus of this post is arguably the piece of the season (no, not the ever so impressive Flatiron Building, although unequivocally quintessential) - the leather bucket bag. The all-time carrier staple of yesteryear (read: classic) has been revived to fit the modern uniform in all kinds of contemporary iterations.

This slick white leather version is from LUANA Italy, a label that is taking coolness, quality and affordability one step further. Their pieces will be available online in July, and if the compliments I keep receiving on this bag are any indication, they will surely be selling like hotcakes.

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Photographed by Ian Rusiana

Cashmere knit - Club Monaco
Fringe skirt - ASOS
Booties - Stuart Weitzman
Lipstick - MAC Lady Danger
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bag - Luana Italy (available on their site in July)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Things: Hair & Etc.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite skin care and beauty products (click here to see the post) and now I'm back with a few of my favorite hair styling products and a few other things I'm keen on. Please feel free to chime in in the comment section below!

Fashion Over Reason favorite things, hair essentials: Pantene Pro-V hairspray, Rusk biofoam hair mousse, Batiste dry shampoo, Rusk Sensories bright shampoo, Ref 25 hair balm, Interview magazine postcards

I get asked about my hair routine a lot. I've been pretty lucky to have been blessed with easy maintenance locks and I don't tend to do much to them before I leave the house. Confession time: I only wash my hair once a week, I do not own a hairbrush, nor do I ever take a blow dryer to my strands - I let everything air dry and while it's still moist, I usually tie it in a bun to ensure I get some volume and texture to my otherwise pin-straight, flat lid. Sometimes I'll add a dollop of the Rusk Biofoam mousse while it's drying to get extra texture (although most of the time I'm just too lazy, true story).

I always wash with a purple shampoo, I think that it's absolutely essential to anyone who has blond hair to avoid brassiness and to keep the color fresh. I always switch up the brand I'm using, and currently I'm into the Rusk Sensories Bright Shampoo. I don't use a purple conditioner because I've heard horror stories about hair actually reflecting a shade of violet if you overdo it.

When it comes to styling, I alternate between a few things, but the one thing I swear by and that I could not live without is my Batiste Fresh dry shampoo. I use it even on clean hair. It gives that perfect undone and messy texture that I love so much. Other than that, I like to blend in some texturizing cream on my ends, again to perfect that mess I always seek to have. The creams I like are the Reference of Sweden Texture Cream 215 and the KMS Molding Paste. When I go out, I finish things off with some hairspray, and I swear by the regular ol' Pantene Pro-v's maximum hold.

Fashion Over Reason favorite things, Jeffrey Campbell mules, the Sartorialist book, Coordinates Collection cuff, Verameat ear cuff, JCrew gold choker

Just a few pretty things that I love: the first Sartorialist book because it's fascinating to go through it and see all of the current famous style stars during their early days. My Coordinates Collection bracelet, because it's a stellar piece. My Verameat spiked ear cuff cause it's super badass. My J.Crew choker because my husband gave it to me for Valentine's Day. And finally, these exclusive Jeffrey Campbell x Free People slides, which I've been living in.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shoes Make the Look

Fashion Over Reason, Zara high top gladiators, vintage leather shorts, Gap denim jacket, Whipping Post tan leather tote, Brooklyn

As women, we all know this simple fact of life: shoes make the look, amiright?! I always like to invest in a few new pairs every season, just to make my old clothes feel fresh. And this spring/summer, you most likely are plenty aware of the fact that high top gladiator sandals are THE shoe of the moment.

That means that no matter what kind of getup you might be donning, if you slap on some sort of footwear that looks like you're about to take an opponent down in the Colosseum, it means that you've successfully updated your style to reflect the times.

As for me, I'm not planning on fighting anyone in any ring, despite the fact that I may appear to be ready to do so -- I'm just walking through the ever-revolving trend door. That said, I've mentioned this countless times before and I feel the need to reiterate: not all trends are for everyone. If this isn't something that you would feel comfortable wearing, by all means, get yourself some slides instead (equally as hot this spring).

What do you think of the high top gladiators - ready to rumble or not a fighting chance?

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Top - Ann Taylor
Leather shorts - Vintage
Denim jacket - Gap
Sandals - Zara
Tote - Whipping Post
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Double Down on the Denim

Fashion Over Reason, Gap double denim jacket, leather pants, Frye shooties

A lot of things in life that we have come to know and love were born accidentally. Ex: the tarte tatin (french for upside down apple tart) was invented when a pastry chef mistakenly baked her pie upside down in the oven. Or how velcro was thought up after burs kept getting stuck to some dude's dog on a hunting trip.

I'm afraid my personal tale of accidental invention is not nearly as revolutionary as the examples I've just stated, but it's an innovative sartorial step nonetheless: after running out of hangers for my entrance coat closet, I just threw my two denim jackets onto the same one. Upon trying to get out the door quickly one evening -- the evening these photos were taken -- I hastily reached for what I thought was one jean jacket, when, in fact, I ended up with two in my hands.

Them being different colors and sizes and thus cradling perfectly into one another, the only logical solution left without having to run back upstairs to leave one behind was to layer them. And voilà! My new outerwear creation: double denim jackets. Boom.

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Both denim jackets - Gap
Pants - Trash & Vaudeville
Shoes - Frye
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunnies - Ray-Ban

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekend Mood Board

It's hard to believe that we are almost in mid-May. Time flies and I can't handle it. The really great thing about it, though, is that spring seems to have pretty much came and gone and summer is trying to claim its stake. Which I find to be absolutley glorious, because while I helm from the great north, I am a true warm weather human. Hope you enjoy this mood board full of fresh, beautiful images to welcome you to another week of stunning summer weather while entering the second half of May.

Madewell look book, effortless Kate Moss for Vogue UK December 2014 photographed by Mario Testino styled by Lucinda ChambersMaria Van Nguyen, beautiful backKate Moss 90s, neutrals, khakiTibi look book, powder blue blanket dress and mulesEffortless beauty, messy hair, cool girlSasha Pivovarova for Toteme SS15Marianne Theodorsen shot by Tommy TonMary Kate and Ashley Olsen W May 2015 in the Row photographed by Nigel ParryNadja Bender photographed by Camilla Akrans, styled by Elissa Santisi for Harper's Bazaar US March 2015Paris fashion week street style, suede trench coatJulia Jamin for CR Fashion Book, photographed by Alexandra Utzmann, styled by Constance FéralJoanna Halpin, major babe, model, blonde, effortlessCéline SS15 runwayNadja Bender street style after Chanel haute couture fw14Major abs inspi, tumblr inspiration, boyrfiend jeansEverlane the chunky knit boyrfriend collectionTilda Lindstam street style, model off dutyKasia Struss for S Moda March 2015, wet hairPsychedelic Margiel Carpet Boots from Margiela's S/S 2012 "throwback" collectionKasia Struss for Numéro France May 2015, photographed by Hans FeurerParty table in the country, dinner partyLook de Pernille, Pernille Taesbek street style, PFW, Paris street style wearing ChloéNadja Bender for Vogue Russia photographed by Mariano Vivanco styled by Olga Dunina Mathias SourbronKate Moss portrait by Willy VanderperreDaria Strokous for BergdorfsGiovanna Battaglia street style at Paris Fashion Week in a Comme des Garçons red leather biker jacket, by Collage VintageNadja Bender for Nordstrom Fall 2014 Designer Collections Catalog in ValentinoDaria Werbowy for Net-A-Porter
[Collage Vintage, Tibi,, Madewell, Net-A-porter, TFS, Pinterest]